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Xitang town opens to visitors

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated : Mar 4, 2020

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The Wang Residence and Xiyuan Garden in ancient Xitang town, Jiaxing reopens on March 2. [Photo/cnjxol.com]

Xitang, an ancient town located in Jiashan, a county in Jiaxing, East China's Zhejiang province, reopened on March 2, local media reported.

However, only the Wang Residence and Xiyuan Garden are currently open to visitors. All other scenic spots in Xitang remain closed, and their hours will be announced at a later date.

Public areas in Xitang are being disinfected three times a day, and all employees are being required to wear masks at all times.

Zhejiang Xitang Tourism and Culture Development Co, the company that manages Xitang, has called upon all tourists to be cooperative with Xitang workers, considering the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus pneumonia is still in a critical stage.

Tourists in Jiaxing will be asked to wear masks, have their temperatures taken, apply for a health QR code, and register their ID information before entering the scenic area.

If a tourist has an abnormal body temperature or a red or yellow health QR code, he or she will be temporarily quarantined and an employee will report the situation to local epidemic control authorities.

Otherwise, tourists may enter Xitang after purchasing tickets online and leave the area after swiping their ID cards. Tour groups must call in advance to make a reservation.

Xitang scenic area is also holding wedding ceremonies for medical workers who have postponed their weddings in order to help in the fight against the epidemic.

According to the Jiaxing municipal bureau of culture, broadcasting, television, and tourism, all A-level scenic spots in Jiaxing will be free to all Chinese medical workers with a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner certificate in China throughout 2020 in honor of their contributions to the fight against NCP.

Such scenic spots include Xitang, Wuzhen (Dongshan scenic area), Nanhu Lake, Qiyuan Garden, the Mo Family Mansion, Smile Chocolate Village, and more.